Saturday, February 14, 2015

Skunk Love

I just had to throw this one out there...I know it's last minute. This is only the second card I've done all year so at least I can say I'm 2 for 2 posting my cards for the year!

This is from an old set Pun Fun.  Some great images for the young ones.  I really do enjoy coloring, I should do it more often.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hello You...Thinlets

Kind of an appropriate title, considering how long I've been away.  It probably won't shock you but this is my first card of 2015!  Six weeks into the New Year!  Whoa!  I was severely lacking in motivation and inspiration.  Even today I had a hard time dragging myself into my craft room.  I'm not sure if I feel any more inspired but I did get a couple cards done.  Here's my first one:

How stamping!  Just some washi tape, sequins and my new Hello You thinlet dies.  I do love the effect of running that layer through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice embossing folder.  Now that it's retired I need to treat it with extreme care.  I would hate to lose it!

So, that's it for now.  Let's see where this goes!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Another Christmas Card - Merry Monday

Without any urgent need for a card for an upcoming occasion, I've been thinking about my Christmas cards.  I saw the challenge over at Merry Monday and thought I'd play along. 

I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted when I saw the challenge.  I have been waiting for a time to use gold embossing powder on vellum because the effect is so pretty.

I don't have a large poinsettia stamp, which would have made this card much easier, but I do have good 'ol Pick A Petal.  I used this stamp set before to make a poinsettia flower and it's a decent representation.  Twelve petals to stamp, emboss and cut out.  The background?  Strips of paper in the challenge colors.  Again, having glittered paper would have made this easier.  Instead, I used Scor-tape on strips to adhered the glitter.  It was labor intensive, let me tell you!  Very pretty, but labor intensive!  For that reason alone, I only made two or these cards.

Friday, February 28, 2014

A Start to My Christmas Cards

My recent 10 day absence was a result of no stamping energy.  I didn't have any good ideas or even the desire to stamp.  So, I thought maybe I'd shift my thinking and get a start on my Christmas cards!  I had a technique I wanted to try but every other aspect of the card was a blank for me.  Then, I saw Mary Jo's sketch and thought, "I can make this work!"

Here's her sketch:

And here's my card:

I wanted to use my new Chalk marker to color my snowman.  It's not an intense white, so after I colored it, I added highlights with my gel pen.  I had exactly 7 felt snowflakes left, so I made 7 cards.  The red banners were scraps from my file.  Most of them aren't full strips!  Since they are hiding behind my snowman (except the strip to the right) I was able to piece them all together!  I love using scraps!

We are bracing for another two snow storms this weekend.  One tonight that will only bring an inch or so.  Tomorrow night maybe up to another 4".  I can't believe this winter!  When will I see the bare ground again?  I'm suppose to start my seeds indoors this weekend!  Sure doesn't feel like it!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A Little Mojo Jump Start

I took a little time off,  just a little over a week this time.  We've had some more snow events, which should lead to stamping, but not this time.  I have been manning the snowblower and I am so out of shape, it totally wipes me out.  I used it twice yesterday!  The big question...when will this winter end?  Not soon enough for this gal!

So, today I made it into the craft room.  I had a few supplies sitting on the table that had never made it into a card (a challenge since past.)  I divided the supplies into two cards, so they will have similar themes.  This is the first, for Mojo Monday.

I used lots of papers from the Sale-A-Bration pack Sweet Sorbet.  It looks fabulous paired with black. The flower was one of the supplies sitting on my table.  It's made from vintage seam binding and a button from my stash.  The sentiment is from Regarding Dahlias.

The rest of the week should be kinda quiet.  I say kinda because we have another storm coming on Thursday.  It's still uncertain what path it will take, but more snowblowing may be in my future!

Hope you are having a warm and wonderful day!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Stippled Blossoms - Birthday

Hello, all my stamping friends!  Despite the crummy weather here, I'm in a very cheerful mood.  In the past couple of weeks I was chosen as a card challenge winner a couple times!  Last week the anniversary card I made for my brother and sister in-law was chosen by the ladies at Just Add Ink as their inspiration challenge winner!  So, I will be adding their badge here shortly!

I little further back, I made Headlines with my one layer card over at the Paper Players!

I haven't been making a lot of cards...but I have been enjoying the ones I do choose to make, and the challenges I have chose to participate in.  Today is another example of that.  I chose the color challenge over at Just Add Ink.  

Along with the sketch challenge at Techno Stamper!  It's Mary Jo's 300th sketch!  Can you believe it?  I think that's amazing she's kept it up so long!

So, here's the card .....

This is for my other sister in-law, who's birthday is coming up in about 10 days.  Some of my favorite things about this card?  The double stamping of the kinda gives it a 3D effect.  The embossing on the rose that gives it more dimension and depth.  Then, the combination of the wood stamp background (on an unusual color, no less) with the softness of the flower.  I hope she likes it!

As I said, the weather here has been cold and snowy and I'm about done with it!  Hubby was gone last week and yours truly had to shovel and snowblow!  I'm still a little sore...although not as bad I was expecting!  We got another 3 inches of the white stuff today.  I think we are right at our annual average and we still have plenty of opportunity to go above that!  The weatherman says we usually get another 12"-17" in February, March and April....oh, boy!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Just Add Ink 200th Challenge Celebration

I was very lucky last week.  I happened to check my Feedly just about the same time Just Add Ink added their weekly challenge.  It's their 200th challenge!  It was lucky for me because they were looking for their 500th "like" on Facebook and their 800th blog follower and sending a little surprise to those readers.  I was the 500th "like!"  So, I just had to find time to do this challenge.  It's a great inspiration photo.

A scene like this would be so welcomed now.  I am so tired of the relentless snow and cold!  As luck would have it, I needed to make an anniversary card for my husband's brother and his wife, so this was a great jumping off point.

I used the sentiment from Petite Pairs along with Gingham Garden paper and washi tape.  I adhered the washi to a strip of paper to make my banner and stamped the washi with Stazon ink.  The leaves are wings from the Bird Punch.  The flowers and rhinestones are dollar bin finds.

It felt sooo good to make a card after a week off!  It's snowing again tonight...maybe no school tomorrow.  So, you never know, I may be home bound and making cards again tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by today!